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Sharon E. Hunt, Librarian
Hours: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

NOAO Library
950 N. Cherry Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
P.O. Box 26732
Tucson, AZ 85726
Hours: Open 24 hours/day

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Library Collections


The NOAO Library supports the mission of NOAO by
  • maintaining a physical collection of books and journals, including reference materials and documents relating to the history of NOAO
  • handling journal subscriptions for both physical copies and online versions
  • providing a website with access to the online catalog and electronic journals; links to information sources; and news items on astronomy
  • supplying assistance in locating journal articles and information
  • offering public computers, printer, and study areas
  • compiling lists of publications by NOAO staff and observers using CTIO/KPNO facilities
This fiscal year, the library has
  • filled 170 reference requests
  • circulated 201 books
  • processed 299 journals
  • cataloged 65 books
  • been used for research 311 times during the approx. 20 hours/week librarian is present

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Library FAQ

Call Numbers and Subjects

Materials in the NOAO Library are arranged according to the Library of Congress classification scheme, which uses a combination of letters and numbers. Here are some guides to the LC classification system:

Books and Journals

The online catalog lists the location of materials in the library. The record for an item also provides a link to an electronic resource if one is available.
  • Nonfiction (books and journals)
    Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) Conference Series
    Astronomy (QB) - main floor stacks
    Education (L) - basement floor stacks
    Geography (G) - basement floor stacks
    History (E and F) - basement floor stacks
    IAU Colloquia
    IAU Symposia
    Mathematics (QA) - basement floor stacks
    Physics (QC) - basement floor stacks
    Psychology (BF)- basement floor stacks
    Science, general (Q) - basement floor stacks
    Statistics (HA) - basement floor stacks
    Technology and Engineering (T) - basement floor stacks
  • Displays - main floor
    • Journals - most recent are on display rack on main floor; older issues are in stacks (current journal subscriptions)
    • New Books - main floor; these books may be checked out
    • Books on Display - main floor; these books may be checked out
  • Reference Materials - main floor near computers

  • Writing Center (dictionaries, thesauri, writing books, style manuals) - main floor near tables

  • NOAO History - bookshelves near bulletin board on main floor
    NOAO publications (QB4 .N; QB4 .K: reports, plans, and newsletters) History of NOAO, KPNO, CTIO, and AURA books
    KPNO Contributions
    AURA Engineering Technical Reports
    KPNO R&D Technical Memoranda
  • Historical Collection - see Sharon for access; not all our archival materials have catalog records yet, so see Sharon for assistance

  • Observatory Publications (QB4) - some of these items are in the Nonfiction area; see Sharon for access to items in Observatory Publications section; not all these items have catalog records yet

  • Electronic Resources - if the library has access to an electronic resource, this is noted in the catalog record for the material
    Electronic Journals
    GeminiFocus (Gemini Observatory Newsletter)
    IAU Circulars (NOAO-only access)
    IAU Electronic Telegrams (NOAO-only access)
    Minor Planet Circulars (NOAO-only access)
    ASP Conference Series (NOAO Library Electronic Subscription)
    IAU Proceedings (NOAO Library Electronic Subscription)
    NOAO Publications Lists - Articles written by NOAO staff or using NOAO facilities

  • New Books - new books are on display on the main floor; they may be checked out

    March 2014
    Precision Asteroseismology -
    Proceedings of the IAU, Symposium 301
    Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science by Renee Bergland
    Encyclopedia of the History of Astronomy and Astrophysics by David Leaverington
    The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard
    CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae (in Reference section)

    February 2014
    Exploring the Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems: proceedings of the 299th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union held in Victoria, Canada, June 2-7, 2013 QB600 .A76 2013
    Setting the Scene for Gaia and LAMOST - The current and next generations of surveys and models: proceedings of the 298th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union held in Lijiang, China, Canada, May 20-24, 2013 - QB857.7 .I61 2013
    Nature of Prominences and Their Role in Space Weather : proceedings of the 300th symposium of the IAU held in Paris, France, June 2013
    Robert's Rules of Order - JF515 .R692 2011 (Reference)
    Apparent places of fundamental stars, 2013 and Apparent places of fundamental stars, 2014 - QB9 .H4 (Reference)

    January 2014
    The Hands-on Guide for Science Communicators - Q223 .C49 200
    Progress in Physics of the Sun and Stars: A new Era in Helio- and Asteroseismology Vol. 479 in the ASP conference series - QB520 .F8 2013
    Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac - QB8 .U6 2013 Reference
    Observer's Handbook 2014 - QB9 .R6 2014 Reference
    Requirements for UTC and Civil Timekeeping on Earth - QB213 .R4 2013

    December 2013
    ASP vol. 476, New Trends in Radio Astronomy in the ALMA era: The 30th anniversary of Nobeyama Radio Observatory (QB475 .A1 N53 2013)
    Marc J. Kuchner Marketing for Scientists
    Chris Impey and Holly Henry, Dreams of Other Worlds
    Langtangen, H.P. A Primer on Scientific Programming with Python. 3rd ed.
    Langtangen, H.P. Python Scripting for Computational Science. 3rd ed.
    Feigelson, E.D. and G. Jogesh Babu. Modern Statistical Methods for Astronomy
    Rieke, George H. Measuring the universe: A multiwavelength perspective, 2012
    Serjeant, S., Observational Cosmology
    O'Meara, S.J., The Secret Deep
    Observing Photons in Space

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